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Una Nación Más Fuerte para Todos: Porque Luchar por una Reforma Migratoria Integral en el Congreso

December 10, 2012
For English, click here . Estas pasadas elecciones de Noviembre de 2012 marcaron un momento crucial en la historia de nuestra nación: los votantes Latinos representaron un número record del electorado con un 10 por ciento de los votantes y votaron abrumadoramente a favor del Presidente Obama, al igual que la mayoría de los votantes asiáticos y afro-americanos. Las voces de los hispanoamericanos y otras minorías raciales y étnicas se escucharon fuerte y claramente cuando colectivamente dimos paso a un Presidente que apoya una reforma migratoria integral y repudiamos al candidato que promovía...
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Immigrant Youth Vow to Fight for Their Parents, Families, and Citizenship

December 10, 2012
After Republicans reached an historic low among Latino voters in last month’s election, political analysts of all stripes began to say that the GOP should change its immigration plank and work with Democrats to enact reasonable and humane reform in Congress. They said the Democrats want it, and the Republicans need it. This is a rare moment where a single change in the law could help both parties politically and move us forward as a country. Immigration reform—specifically, what to do about the 11 million immigrants in our country who don't have papers—was an issue in a number of Republican...
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Our youth know what’s right -- help them tell Congress to keep families together.

November 30, 2012
Every day, 5.5 million children live with the fear that one of their parents could be deported. Every day, families are torn apart by deportations and immigrant detentions. And every day, mothers struggle to be reunited with their children, like Yolanda, whose young son was ripped from her arms by immigration officials before she was deported. It’s just not right. More than anyone, our kids know that it’s wrong for children to live in fear that their parents will be taken away. That’s why we’re asking children to write letters and draw pictures to express one, holiday wish to members of...
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Your Guide to Avoiding Election Day Snafus

November 6, 2012
IT’S HERE! Election Day is today (November 6th!) and it's time to get out there and vote! It can be enough of a challenge just getting to the polls today, but it’s so important. Make sure that you have everything you need this election day to make your voting experience go smoothly. Find out: What's on your ballot How to find your polling location How to do election day voter registration Tips on breastfeeding at the polls Election day activities for kids ...and more, in this handy guide to avoiding election day snafus: Check your ballot: Plug in your address and you can preview your ballot...
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A Teachable Moment About the U.S. Election - Thanks to Foreign News

November 5, 2012
Driving this morning with my nine year-old, as we half-listened to the BBC news on the radio, yielded a nice teachable moment. They advertised their round-the-clock election coverage of the U.S. Presidential race. It sounded momentous and a little urgent. I took their tone for granted, but I’m glad my daughter, Sophia, didn’t. Here’s how the conversation followed: Sophia: “Mommy, why would the BBC care about the U.S. election? It’s not their country.” Me: “That’s such a good observation. It’s our election, but the whole world is watching.” Sophia: “Why?” Me: “The United States is the...
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It's time for moms to ask the questions!

October 23, 2012
Are you headed to a town hall event, election forum, or did you just run into a candidate at the grocery store? Take along our handy list of sample questions that you can use to ask the candidates about issues that are important to women and families. Find out where your candidates stand! And, you don't have to ask your question in-person. On Twitter? Check out our list of sample questions in Tweet-form below (Scroll down). You can cut and paste these directly into Twitter and Tweet them to your candidate. Let us know what happened! Did you ask a candidate a question or two? Let us know how...
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It’s Time for Domestic Work to be Recognized as Real Work.

October 11, 2012
A few weeks ago, actor and mom Amy Poehler made a video supporting the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Amy balances being a mom with a career as an actor, writer, and producer. In the video she explains: “it wouldn’t be possible for me to do all those things without the help that I get in my home.” Domestic workers do the work that makes it possible for so many of us “do all those things.” And many domestic workers are moms themselves. But, domestic workers are denied the basic labor protections that so many of us take for granted everyday. Domestic workers were excluded from...
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How a World Map Can Feed the Spirit and the Body

October 9, 2012
These small steps toward mindful compassion we take today can open up a whole new world – perhaps one that is less focused on our boundaries and more on our possibilities. Bonus: a second give-away!
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A Surprising Issue Will Change the Way Moms Vote in 2012

October 2, 2012
This op-ed originally appeared in ABC News / Univision . Lily Eskelsen is a mother, grandmother and teacher with 20 years of classroom experience. While she's not an immigrant, she has passionate views on immigration because many of her students have dealt with the struggles of being undocumented. "Some of those kids live in the shadows given the absence of a roadmap to citizenship," she says. "They are good kids who work hard in school, play on the team, join the chess club, and sing in the musical...if we care about making our communities financially stronger, we must place these precious...
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Raising Kids Who Care

September 25, 2012
It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy four-year old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she had placed a favorite coffee-table book in front of her and was quietly, deliberately dropping crumbs on the page. Not only was Sophia oblivious to my urgency to get out the door, but there was a new mess to clean, right on top of a cherished book. When I demanded, “What is going on?” She gently answered, “Mommy, I want to share my bagel with them.” I looked...
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